How I Grew My Pinterest to 1.6 Million Views a Month!

How I Grew My Pinterest to 1.6 Million Views a Month!

PINTEREST STRATEGY – 1.6 Million Monthly views

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Almost a year ago I started focusing on growing my Pinterest. I had about 2 followers at the time. I hadn’t even began blogging yet. Pinterest is extremely addicting and I find it inspiring. The more I used it, the more I realized that people were using their Pinterest to promote their blog posts + ALSO MAKE MONEY! It was crazy to me that this was possible. I finally decided that I wanted to be just like them, and I knew that I could be… Almost a year later and here I am with 1.6 million monthly Pinterest views, 95,000 daily impressions, 66,000 daily viewers + generating income from Pinterest and my blog! I knew it was possible, and now I want to share with all of you the strategies that work! What you should be doing, and how to make some income through Pinterest!

*Affiliate links used

HOW DO I EVEN CHECK MY STATS?

The answer is, you need to switch to a business account so you can see your analytics, engagement etc! You can change your current Pinterest into a business account easily! Click here to find out how!

NOTE: You will not be able to access business on mobile, you can only access business on a desktop computer. 

Once you set up your business account, you should verify your website. Click here to find out how to verify. Once your account is verified you will receive analytics about your Pinterest traffic + blog traffic from Pinterest!

CAN PINTEREST HELP YOUR BLOG TRAFFIC?

Many will think, what’s so important about Pinterest? Do I really need to use it?YES! It is such a helpful platform to be on if you are a blogger. You are able to share your blog posts to Pinterest and attract a ton of traffic to your blog! Pinterest and Facebook are my number one sources of traffic.

Pinterest is more than just a social media, it’s a search engine too! Once you post your blog post and everyone sees it, it can become old news. In order to keep the traffic flowing to your blog, you can share your posts on Pinterest and if you create the perfect pin, your pin can get repined thousands of times…Creating constant traffic to your blog post!


HOW TO GROW YOUR PINTEREST + BLOG TRAFFIC

There have been many tricks and tips that I have learned along the way. Note that this traffic didn’t happen over night, and it did take a lot of hard work, dedication, and patience BUT it is possible!

ABOUT/INFO

It’s important to set up your about/info to have a link to your blog. I also like to leave my email for any collaborations or brands that may want to reach out to me. Let users know a little about your business/blog. Also upload a profile photo, a lot of people relate better to a face. It’s more personal. If you don’t want to use a head shot, you can upload your site logo!

SHOW CASE FEATURE

Like stated above, having a business account allows you to set up a show case! This is a feature that allows you to “feature” your most popular boards at the top of your page, for followers and users to see first! I like to have my blog board featured in my showcase because I am using my Pinterest to help bring blog traffic too! I love this feature. To find + edit your show case go on your computer to your Pinterest edit settings – edit profile and you will see an EDIT showcase option.

Grow your pinterest with these tips and tricks! Bring traffic to your blog

 

ORGANIZED BOARDS

One thing that I noticed helped to grow my account was having organized boards! It is important to have organized boards so that others can search for exactly what they want, and will know exactly where to look. The way that I like to categorize my boards is like this:

Blog | EllDuclos
Beauty | Makeup
Fashion | Dress/Skirts
Holiday | Christmas

etc.

I find this helps keep my Pinterest looking neat, and organized. Using KEYWORDS in your board names is important too!

You can check out my account for reference: EllDuclos

PIN CONSISTENTLY

When I first started out I was constantly pinning. You can’t just post your own pins. You need to RE PIN RE PIN RE PIN. This will help you to get noticed. Whenever I have free time on my hands I will scroll through Pinterest and re-pin whatever catches my eye. It’s also important to be pinning things that relate to the niche of your blog etc. This will attract the right audience to your Pinterest + blog. When I first started growing my Pinterest I would pin/repin at least 50 pins a day! The more you re-pin, the more chances you have of getting noticed. They say that you should have 80% of others (re-pins) and 20% of your own pins.

Repinning is important because your account will be attached to every pin that you choose to re-pin. If you re-pin quality pins, you will start to be known as a “valuable” pinner and users will be more likely to follow you.

 

**Update: I have since figured out an EVEN beter strategy on Pinterest that EXPLODED my blog traffic. Check that out HERE

 




COMMENT/ENGAGE

If you want to get your Pinterest noticed, it’s important to engage with others. I find that commenting on trending pins helps to attract an audience to my Pinterest! I also would comment on pins that catch my eyes, or the ones that are related to my niche.

FOLLOW THOSE IN YOUR NICHE

To get support, you must give support. It’s a two way street. If you notice a Pinterest account whose pins are related to your niche, FOLLOW. Most people follow those back, who follow them first. It’s a great way to grow your account!

TIME IT PERFECTLY

Keep track of your pins and engagement. Figure out when users are most active on your Pinterest. What times do you find the most engagement occurring? For me, I find that people are more active during the night hours. Most users have free time after dinner, or right before bed. 8pm-12am. I tend to re-pin most during these hours!

JOIN FACEBOOK GROUPS – PROMOTE

A great way to grow traffic and following is to join Pinterest/Blog facebook groups and promote your Pinterest on threads that are applicable. I am the admin/creator of Boss Girl Bloggers, it has over 18,000 amazing boss babes. If you would like to join – HERE.

RICH PINS

Rich pins include extra information right on the pin itself. This could be pricing info of a product, cooking recipes and instructions, etc. If you are a blogger, rich pins will show the title of your blog post, an excerpt, and the exact website the excerpt came from. This helps users know what to expect if they click on your pin to read your post. This can also be a great tool to help get noticed by brands who are looking through Pinterest for bloggers to collaborate with!

Learn more on setting up and activating rich pins: HERE

ADD YOUR PINTEREST LINK TO YOUR BLOG

Make sure that your blog readers have the option to check out your Pinterest. You can end blog posts with social media links that your readers can follow you on, or you can also have an icon on your homepage that links to your Pinterest + Social Medias. This is important to have!

KEYWORD OPTIMIZATION

Pinterest is like a search engine! If you use the correct keywords, your pin will be more likely to appear when someone uses the search bar. Use titles with KEY WORDS. Make sure you have a descriptive, description that consists of keywords throughout. The ideal amount is 20-30 keywords in promoted pins! You should also make sure your boards consist of keywords as well.

If you want to see what keywords you should be using, use the search bar and see what keywords pop up first when you search related pins in your niche.

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FIND OUT WHAT’S POPULAR

Always pay attention to what is trending and repin/pin similar pins to those that are trending. If you are pinning what is popular, then others will be more likely to be attracted to your pins!

CREATE THE PERFECT PIN

Size: The ideal size for Pinterest pins are usually VERTICAL – 735 x 1102px. Don’t make height more than 1700px. I create all of my pin-perfect images on CANVA. This app is amazing and it’s the perfect tool to help create the perfect pin! Horizontal pins do not get as much attention. It may look better in your blog post but having at least one pin perfect image is important!

Color: Colorful Pins get more attention than not. It’s also proven that browns, oranges, and red tones get more attention than blue tones! Warm toned colors on Pinterest is ideal.

Create The Perfect Pin

 

You should make sure you have this pin-perfect image either; set as your featured image on your blog post OR one or two of them throughout your blog post. If you need to install a social media share plug-in so that readers can share your blog post on Pinterest – I recommend SUMO! If you are using wordpress .COM and aren’t self – hosted yet, I recommend it, Read why – HERE

CALL TO ACTION

You should always have a call to action. At the end of your blog posts, make sure to ask your followers to Re-pin your blog post if they enjoyed it! If you ask/tell your readers to do something, they will more than likely do it!

JOIN GROUP BOARDS

This is HUGE. Joining group boards makes a SERIOUS difference in getting re-pins to your blog posts. I am a part of many group boards on Pinterest, including my own – Boss Girl Bloggers Group Board.  Once you create and share a blog post you should pin it to every group board you are a part of that is related to your post.

how to join group boards?

You can search for group boards in the Pinterest search bar (also pay attention to Pinterest Facebook groups for opportunities.) Most group boards on Pinterest will tell you how to receive an invite. Follow the instructions to receive your group board invite!

PIN YOUR PIN MULTIPLE TIMES

If you really want your pin to go viral, you need to pin it more than once! Make sure you re-pin it yourself too. I re-pin the same pin to multiple group boards and to my own boards. Make sure you break up your re-pins of the same pin by re-pinning other’s pins in between. This will help your Pinterest profile from looking “spammy.” If you continuously re-pin the same pin over again without breaking it up with other pins, you may lose followers instead of gain.

DON’T HAVE TIME TO RE-PIN ALL DAY?

That’s completely understandable, luckily there are tools that help you put your pinning on auto pilot. These tools help to schedule pins too! I personally haven’t used them as much as I would like to, because I enjoy manually pinning, BUT so many swear by these tools.

Tailwind: Not only can you schedule pins but you can join specific “tribes” where others share and repin related content to their own audience.

I have an E-Course on how to utilize Tailwind + other blog traffic strategies to EXPLODE your blog.


HOW TO MAKE MONEY VIA PINTEREST

Maybe you were unaware, BUT you can actually use Pinterest to make money! I spoke about this on one of my newest posts – “Monetize Your Blog – Affiliate Marketing Edition” – Be sure to check it out if you are interested in hearing how I make money using Pinterest and affiliate links!

Hoping this post will help you grow your Pinterest and traffic to your blog! Pinterest is an amazing tool if you use it to it’s full advantage! Of course, just like anything else, success with Pinterest takes a lot of hard work, dedication, and patience!! Keep at it, don’t give up, and before you know it you will be successful too!

Would love if you followed me on PINTEREST + INSTAGRAM!

RE-PIN if you found this post helpful! Thank you for your love & support! Would love hearing from you in the comments

Until Next Time,

xx

ELLDUCLOS 

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50 Comments

  1. September 18, 2017 / 12:55 am

    This was so helpful. Your blogs are always amazing and so helpful, def my one of my top fav bloggers.

    • ellduclos
      September 18, 2017 / 1:17 am

      That just made my day! thank you so much!!

  2. September 18, 2017 / 2:09 am

    Loved this. What I wanted to find out is how do I join pin boards?

  3. September 18, 2017 / 3:00 am

    Thanks for these tips. I think it’s high time I sat down and organised my boards with keywords, better names, categories etc as you’ve suggested. Sometimes I want to repin something and can’t find a board of mine so I just stick it somewhere. Smh at me! Heading now to check out your affiliate marketing post

  4. September 18, 2017 / 3:19 am

    Excellent post. As a newcomer to the blogging world and Pinterest, I found this post to be very informative. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this. Wishing you all the best.

  5. September 18, 2017 / 3:36 am

    Once again: thank you for sharing!!! Great post!

  6. September 18, 2017 / 3:48 am

    This came at the perfect time! I recently started focusing on Pinterest and grew my views to over 15K in a few weeks but noticed a huge drop this week 🙁 Hope this is what I need to get back on top!

  7. September 18, 2017 / 4:04 am

    Thanks for sharing!! I really struggle with Pinterest, My mind doesn’t really understand how it works I appreciate you sharing what you’ve learn in your journey!

  8. September 18, 2017 / 4:07 am

    Thank you for sharing the perfect pin size! I’ve been struggling to find the ideal ratio & this is super helpful.

  9. September 18, 2017 / 4:34 am

    This is such a great post! *logs in to Pinterest immediately*

  10. September 18, 2017 / 4:35 am

    To get your website verified on Pinterest is says to post the code on your blog website. Would I post it anywhere? Like a blog post? And how long do I leave it there? Would they notify me when I can remove it?

    • ellduclos
      September 18, 2017 / 7:15 pm

      Go to your editor – where it says < head > and post it right after there! I kept mine there and it’s still there(: it doesn’t show up on your theme! It just allows Pinterest to know it’s YOUR blog.

  11. September 18, 2017 / 4:38 am

    Great article! I’m currently working on my Pinterest page so I will be implementing these tips.

  12. September 18, 2017 / 4:43 am

    I didn’t even know you could make a business Pinterest account so this post was so helpful!

  13. September 18, 2017 / 4:44 am

    great tips! I’ll definitely have to incorporate these into my blog/pinterest strategies

  14. September 18, 2017 / 5:13 am

    I’ve been thinking of branching out, this helped a lot!

  15. September 18, 2017 / 5:15 am

    This was so helpful, I really need to invest more time in Pinterest! 🙂

  16. September 18, 2017 / 6:36 am

    I’m also a Pinterest addict and it was just recently when I learned how it’s a great source of driving traffic to your blog. Thanks for sharing!

  17. September 18, 2017 / 9:52 am

    I love your blogging tips. I believe you help a lot of us and making our blogging life much easier by sharing your experience with us. Thank you

  18. September 18, 2017 / 10:40 am

    Wow, Ell! This is seriously so so helpful!! Just followed you on Pinterest and I’m definitely feeling very inspired now:) Keep doing what your doing, because it’s working!
    Xx

  19. September 18, 2017 / 1:29 pm

    This seriously so helpful. I never really thought about using Pinterest to drive traffic to my site until about a week ago when I heard someone else have a lot of success from it. I have been trying to build mine up, but wasn’t really sure how to go about it, but this whole post really helped me understand the best strategy. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

    xoxo
    Stacey

  20. September 18, 2017 / 2:22 pm

    Thanks Ellduclos! This information is so helpful! I’ve been stressed out about growing my Pinterest account. I think joining group boards is my biggest obstacle right now. I’ll have to check out yours! 🙂

  21. September 18, 2017 / 11:50 pm

    SO many good tips here. To be honest I didn’t even know Pinterest business accounts were a thing so I got that switched pronto! You also have such a good organizational system for your boards; I learned so much from this thank you.

  22. September 19, 2017 / 12:59 pm

    Very helpful, thank you! So you recommend switching to business? I’m still a bit on the fence about that (though I don’t really know exactly why).

    • ellduclos
      September 20, 2017 / 10:29 pm

      Yes business Pinterest all the way! Rich pins will help you succeed (:

  23. October 12, 2017 / 12:39 pm

    I love that you included commenting. This is something that so many bloggers leave out in their courses/ebooks. I agree, when I comment I tend to get more followers!

    Nice article!

  24. October 14, 2017 / 8:47 am

    Hi 🙂 Thanks for posting useful stuff like this, I am new to the blogging world so I try to soak in as much information as possible. You got yourself a loyal reader now 😀
    All the best,
    Melisa 🙂

  25. November 8, 2017 / 8:20 am

    I’m slowly starting to learn how Pinterest works…gotta get on with the re-pins!

  26. November 16, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    This was super helpful, I love love love Pinterest, but have only ever used it for my own benefit of finding inspiration, but the fact I can now use it to help my blog is fab! Thank you xxxx

    • ellduclos
      November 18, 2017 / 7:01 am

      I’m so glad it helped! I LOVE pinterest (:

  27. November 17, 2017 / 2:14 pm

    Just started out on Pinterest thank you for such a great post. Followed you on Pinterest and Insta 😙

  28. December 1, 2017 / 3:32 am

    I have a quick question. When adding my website link to pinterest, I’m not exactly sure where it wants me to post that link to verify its me?

    This post has been super helpful though!

    • ellduclos
      December 1, 2017 / 10:39 pm

      If you have wordpress you can add it to a text widget or you can go to your appearance editor > theme header and post the code after the < head > if that makes sense!

  29. December 5, 2017 / 7:29 pm

    Following you on pinterest for sure 🙂

  30. December 27, 2017 / 3:02 am

    This was soooo helpful!! Just did many of these advice points, let’s see how my traffic improves!!

  31. January 1, 2018 / 9:47 pm

    This was so helpful, thank you! I’ve just switched my profile to a business one, as you suggested. Although, I’ve just clicked on the link and I have no idea how to make my pins into rich pins (they lost me at ‘meta data’ or whatever it was) so I might have to give that one a skip. I’ve also made sure to give you a follow on Pinterest! x

    Alicia | https://www.alifestyleblog.co.uk

  32. January 6, 2018 / 7:06 pm

    This was so helpful!

  33. January 13, 2018 / 6:29 pm

    I just recently started turning my attention to pinterest and have been super overwhelmed with all there is to do. Your post broke things down and made it a lot easier to understand + get started on. Thanks girl!

  34. January 22, 2018 / 7:07 am

    Hi EllDuclos,
    Thank you for all of your helpful and informative posts! You are one of my favorite bloggers!💖
    Thank you,
    Christina

  35. January 27, 2018 / 1:09 am

    Thank you! Trying to set up my Pinterest account! I need to create more content but your blog post are so helpful.

    • ellduclos
      January 29, 2018 / 8:43 pm

      So glad I could be of help! Pinterest is the best!!

  36. January 30, 2018 / 3:48 am

    This was exactly what I was looking for. This article was a huge help. Gonna get started pinning tomorrow!

    • ellduclos
      January 30, 2018 / 5:52 am

      Yay! So excited!! Pinterest is the best!

  37. February 24, 2018 / 12:16 pm

    Hi EllDuclos,
    Awesome article – simple, yet informative, your tips are spot on 🙂 I just sent a request to join your facebook group as well as your pinterest group. Thank you so much for your consideration!

    • ellduclos
      February 25, 2018 / 12:19 am

      Thank you so much!! (: Welcome to the group so happy to have you!!

  38. February 26, 2018 / 6:26 am

    Thankyou for putting together Ellduclos! So much useful information! It was only towards the end of last year I started getting into Pinterest, still have so much to learn about utilising it to its full potential. Pinterest it’s such a great tool I have already found the little I have done has already driven in traffic to my website

    • ellduclos
      March 1, 2018 / 12:55 am

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it thank you so much! Pinterest definitely helps a ton!!

  39. March 17, 2018 / 5:43 am

    Just amazing. It make me understand all about Pinterest posts. Such a knowledgeable post. Thanks..👌👌👌😊😊

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